Ask any child what the chicken says and he or she is sure to say “Cluck, cluck.” Unless of course, that child happens to speak another language. For you see, animals speak different languages, depending on where they live!
There is no universal way for mimicking animal sounds. So when we do imitate their sounds we do it according to how it sounds in our own language. In English the dog says woof-woof or arf-arf. But in Spanish he says guau, guau, in Dutch blaf-blaf, Japanese wan-wan, and Korean meong. And here in Italy bau-bau!
There is no universal way for mimicking animal sounds. So we do it according to how it sounds in our own language. And that’s why the dog can say anything from woof-woof, arf-arf, guau-guau, blaf-blaf, wan-wan, or bau-bau!Tweet
So animals here speak Italian, and here’s what some of them sound like:
Some are quite similar to English. But others, like the chicken, make quite a different sound!
Remember: vowels in Italian almost always make the same sound. A as in all; E as in desk; I as in ink; and U as in duty.
What various animals say in Italian:
|THE ANIMAL||WHAT IT SAYS||PRONOUNCIATION|
|(ENGLISH / ITALIAN)||(IN ITALIAN)|
|Dog / Cane||Bau, Bau||bau-bau or bow-bow|
|Cat / Gatto||Miao, Miao||mjau or meow|
|Mouse / Topolino||Squitt, Squitt||skweet|
|Bird / Uccello||Cip, Cip||cheep|
|Rooster / Gallo||Chi-chiiri-chi||kee-keeeree-kee|
|Horse / Cavallo||Hiiiii||heeeee|
|Donkey / Asino||I-oh, I-oh||ee-awe|
|Chicken / Gallina||Co-co-dè, co-co-dè||co-co-day|
|Crow / Corvo||Cra-Cra||cra|
|Goose / Oca||Qua-Qua||kwa|
|Chick / Pulcino||Pio-Pio||pee-o|
|Sheep / Pecora||Beeh-Beeh||beh (as in best)|
|Goat / Capra||Beeh-Beeh||beh (as in best)|
|Frog / Rana||Cra-Cra||krah|
|Cow / Mucca||Muuuuu||mu|
|Snake / Serpente||Ssszzz||ssszzz|
|Bee / Ape||Zzzzz||zzz|
|Pigeon / Piccione||Hu-Hu||hu|
|Wolf / Lupo||Huuuuu||huu|
No wonder we can’t talk with the animals! Not only would we have to learn real animal languages, but possibly even languages around the world!
Did you know that animals are so smart that they even speak foreign languages? 😉
Image credits | Cat is my own. | Chicken.